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Organizational Structure of the New NARO
The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIEAS), and National Center for Seeds and Seedlings (NCCS) will be integrated into a single national research and development agency from April 1, 2016.
The new NARO will strengthen the collaboration between industry, academia and government to facilitate immediate implementation of research output to society. To achieve this goal, the Agri-Food Business Innovation Center takes the lead in the implementation and drives market oriented research.
Five research centers from Hokkaido to Kyushu will be the hub of regional agricultural research and serve as the frontline in bringing the technology developed by NARO to society. In addition, specialized research activities will be embodied in 7 research organizations to unify the innovations in each specialized field and to support research in regional areas.
Three institutes are established to emphasize the integration of various areas of research, such as the integration ofgenomics with crop breeding at the Institute of Crop Science, ICT technologies with field farming at the Institute of Agricultural Machinery, and environmental change forecast with countermeasure strategies at the Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences.
The Center for Seeds and Seedlings will be the core for distribution of seeds and seedlings developed by NARO as well as the registration and protection of plant cultivars in Japan. Furthermore, the Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution will be in-charge of promoting external research projects through financial assistance.
As Japan's largest organization for agriculture and food research and development, the new NARO will use the networks and integration of each research field, and strengthen cooperation with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) as well as global collaborations with various international research organizations, in order to pursue leading fundamental and core innovative researches.
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